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Crystal Palace went down 1-0 at Molineux in the FA Cup last time out, though Wolves had the chances to improve upon that scoreline and the Eagles are looking a little bit rudderless at the moment.
They’ve managed just one win in seven now, with even that a home triumph over bottom-of-the-league Sheffield Utd, so a trip to the Emirates appears quite a challenging task.
Roy Hodgson’s team haven’t drawn too many games on their travels and are W3-D2-L9 since late June in all competitions, as two of those victories were picked up when visiting promoted duo Fulham and West Brom.
Arsenal To Win 2-0
Although the Eagles have improved their attacking impetus with the summer capture of Eberechi Eze, the progress remains incremental and they failed to net in each of those nine away defeats, while it would be no surprise for a similar outcome to prevail here.
In fact, home or away, Palace have scored in just one of their past 11 losses, including five that finished 2-0.
Arsenal To Win To Nil
The Gunners have come out strong in the post-Christmas period and including their extra-time goals to overcome Newcastle in the FA Cup, it’s now four wins on the bounce as they conceded just the once when facing Chelsea.
Successive clean sheets against Brighton, West Brom and the Magpies suggest their visitors will be hard-pressed to find a breakthrough, despite both teams scoring in all six head to heads over the past three campaigns.
Hodgson continues to suffer with defensive absentees and although Gary Cahill and Scott Dann could be back for this fixture, Mamadou Sakho has joined Martin Kelly, Nathan Ferguson and Jeffrey Schlupp on the sidelines.
Clean sheets have been rare events, with just two from 25 league matches since late June, so Arsenal can expect to carve out numerous openings.
Mikel Arteta has a few concerns with Gabriel Magalhaes and Thomas Partey both facing late fitness tests, while Gabriel Martinelli is ruled out. However, the latter two have barely featured this term so far due to injury problems, and the Gunners’ recent displays suggest they’ll get the job done. Indeed, Palace’s extended run of poor away results includes 4-0 defeats to both Chelsea and Liverpool, as well as 3-0 losses to Leicester and Aston Villa.
Alexandre Lacazette To Score Anytime
Lacazette was benched against Newcastle in the FA Cup, playing just 15 minutes in extra time, and while he didn’t register on the scoresheet he got the ball rolling with the assist for Arsenal’s late opener.
With his teammates failing to make the breakthrough before his introduction, he’ll be bitterly disappointed if he’s overlooked here.
He had five goals from Arsenal’s previous four games, scoring at least once in each of them, and is more attractive than Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to find a goal with the Gabon international falling short of his usual standards this term.